Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup unlikely to turn to fringe men
MICHAEL Laudrup has played down talk of giving his fringe players a chance to prove themselves between now and the end of the season.
Laudrup has an opportunity to experiment if he wishes as Swansea City already have 40 Premier League points on the board.
But the Swansea manager has indicated that he will not use the eight league games which remain to try anything different.
There are players within Laudrup's squad who have had few opportunities to impress this season.
But he has seen enough to know what he wants next term.
"When we played those 16 games in December and January, we rotated and used a great part of the squad," Laudrup said.
"But I want to win. I try to pick an XI and the substitutes to win each game.
"I could try two or three other players for the rest of the season, but I know more or less who I want.
"It is not the case that I haven't seen players.
"If I didn't have clearness about my players now, it would be a problem for me."
The likes of Alan Tate, Kyle Bartley, Luke Moore and Kemy Agustien have all struggled for game-time this term, and it seems they will have to remain patient from here on in.
Another man who has not been a regular, Itay Shechter, could see some action with his country this week after being called up by Israel yesterday.
The striker has joined the squad for games at home to Portugal on Friday and in Northern Ireland a week tonight.